Maker Space Ideas can help solve gaps in education for your kids.
Education costs a lot of money, and school districts all over the United States are slashing budgets for arts education. Are your kids being affected? Implementing some home maker space ideas can really benefit your kids.
The Cost for them and their futures is high – there are many benefits to gaining depth of knowledge and becoming a life-long learner.
Parents can do something. Here are some Maker Space Ideas.
Most people today recognize how important it is for the children and for our country. To maximize learning in STEM subjects : Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Originated by the Rhode Island School of Design, the concept of adding Art to STEM to create STEAM has been gaining more and more ground.
There are a few gigantic advantages to STEAM. Maker Spaces help implement STEAM. You can put in a Home Maker Space, especially if your school is not doing it for your child.
Maker Space Design for the Home
What if your school system is one where the budget for the arts is being slashed? What if your school is not in front of the times with implementing STEAM? How do you provide home-based opportunities for your child to have the benefits of the arts in education and help to improve student academic performance for the best possible life outcomes?
You can easily make a maker space in your own home. It can be as small as a table with some storage in a corner of the bedroom, to turning the whole playroom or den into a home maker space.
Some key considerations:
- Your budget
- Your family interests and talents
- The tools needed
- The surface needed
- Storage Considerations
- Sources of inspiration
Your budget will clearly define whether you will be adding a 3 D printer or whether you are going to have a saw and some wood pieces and a glue gun, or be oriented to making collages of boxes and household plastic and bits of fabric.
Yes, the more tools you are able to provide, the more possibilities exist for your child to make and do things in his exploration. At the same time, there are design challenges in using limited material too. Don't give up the idea just because money is an issue! Your child is worth your being creative with your home maker space!
Your Family Interests Define the Tools Needed
Do you know about woodworking, or is that an interest? If your child is a little one, with whom you will be participating in projects, it will be good to encourage something that you know or want to know.
Are you interested in fabrics, and sewing?
What about making a fairy house out of natural materials?
Are you interested in designing and making plastics like electronics holders, or chip bag clips, or any number of endless possibilities with a 3D printer? What about making robots?
When planning the maker space for your home, the interests will define the tools you will need.
From screwdrivers to 3D printers to a soldering iron to work with electronics, you will need to come up with a start and then build a tool list, designed just for your child/ren.
Storage for Tools and Materials
One thing you'll want is to have a good storage solution. See Annie's Tips on Setting up an Art Studio for some ideas on finding room for your Maker Space. An Art Cart can be very useful if you have the room and the budget.
Flat items can be stored behind the work table. Plastic storage bins can be useful for like-type objects such as recyclables, or screws and nails, or project boxes. You do not want to have much on the work space area, as clutter will prevent being able to make things!
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Plan to have only one or two very frequently used items on the table itself. If you have a sewing machine that will be used constantly, perhaps that will remain out. Or a 3 D printer. Having a place for a home computer screen attached to the wall can be good to keep it out of the way, and yet easily accessible for project research and inspirational ideas, and instruction.
A peg board is very useful to store screwdrivers, scissors, glue guns, saws, and masking tape. A shelf or small cabinet may be good for storage of plastic rolls for the printer, paper, glue sticks. You can put sonic tubes for long slender items to keep them neat.
Keep in mind that your child is not likely to maintain detailed storage of items such as pencils, pens, erasers and paintbrushes in separate spaces. They are likely to get jumbled together.
Yet, having some sort of order will make it easier to find and use materials. Having a sonic tube for pencils and brushes together, a drawer or bin for all recycled materials, another for all the Lego, and another for all the Little Bits will be conducive to some order and ease of use.
Little Bits are really cool additions for your Home Maker Space. You can plug them into one another, and add other materials to them. There is both instant feedback and gratification as well as almost infinite possibilities with them as you and your children explore robotics. Check them out on Amazon.
There are some readily available sources of inspiration both in books and online. You can buy how to craft books and magazines, or check them out of your local library.
Google Images is a good way to search online, rather than with words, as the images will help you find what you want to make. Pinterest searches by some keyword, such as collage or cork art, can help find a project idea.
Your kid(s) is worth the time and investment to make a home Maker Space. I recommend you get going! Let me know what you come up with. You may inspire some other people. I am crazy about the ideas of Little Bits and 3D Printers and what they can inspire your kids to make and invent.